Oct 5, 2017 by David Yeomans
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Seniors with elevated risk factors of breast cancer should always be cautious about their lifestyle choices, but Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a good time to stop and reflect upon how things are going. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Comfort Keepers home health services has compiled a brief list of things to think about when considering one's risk of, or evaluation for, breast cancer.
Time to Find Alternatives. For seniors who still smoke and/or consume more than a couple glasses of alcohol a week, it may be time to find some healthier alternatives. Smoking has been linked to many different cancer forms, and breast cancer is one of them. Worse, even second-hand smoke has been linked to increased breast cancer risks. For alcohol, the magic number seems to be two. Seniors who regularly consume more than two alcoholic drinks a week have a 15 percent greater chance of contracting breast cancer. This risk goes up 10 percent for each glass consumed on an average day.
Exercise Regularly. Regular exercise (30 minutes a day at least 5 times a week) is one of the best things a senior can do for their body. In relation to breast cancer, exercise helps lower estrogen production, which lowers the risk of cancer. Further, it can lower an individual's body weight, and obese seniors are significantly more likely to have breast cancer than those with a healthy weight. Seniors who are afraid of falling or injuring themselves may find assistance through home health services to be of great help.
Routine Examinations. Unlike many senior ailments, breast cancer does not have any common warning signs or symptoms. It is possible for a senior to have breast cancer and not know it until it is too late. The most common safeguard is the monthly breast self-examination. Breast self-examination should be conducted by all women from puberty onward. While men are less likely to have breast cancer, monthly checks cannot hurt, but they can save lives. Once women reach menopause, they should start having mammograms at least every two years. Those with elevated risk levels should be checked annually.
Breast cancer impacts one in eight women in America and accounts for 30 percent of all cancers found in women. Caught in time, it is highly treatable. In fact, today, there are over three million survivors of breast cancer in the United States, alone.
For more information about breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or Comfort Keepers home health services, contact a Comfort Keepers senior care coordinator today.
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